Friday, November 24, 2017
Letters To The Editor

Wednesday's letters: Waterfront living comes with a price


New flood insurance rules too big a risk | Sept. 8 column, John Romano

Waterfront comes at a price

I read with interest John Romano's outraged consumer advocacy piece opposing spreading the risk of insurance to those who have the most likelihood of damage.

It's like the middle-income driver who barely could afford a Porsche, Maserati or Lambor-ghini who now realizes: "Holy smoke, I have to insure and maintain this thing." Now he whines for a tax subsidy for his cost of repairs. Or like the person who buys the dream home ("they've wanted since the 1970s") on the water and wants the government (i.e. taxpayers who fund the government) to pay for his insurance. Oh, wait — that last bit, that's exactly what's happening.

I don't live on the water. I can't justify the expense, the maintenance or the risk. I'm real sorry about your dream from the 1970s that is now a costly nightmare. However, if you can afford the whole enchilada (i.e. the home and the insurance), don't ask me to pick up your tab through my government and subsidize your waterfront lifestyle. Sell and move inland!

J. Steele Olmstead, Tampa

Rates reflect risks | Sept. 9, letter to editor

Reclassified overnight

In response to the letter writer saying sky-high flood insurance is acceptable: What about those, including me, who purchased a home high and dry, no flooding ever and nothing to indicate otherwise, who had FEMA come through and reclassify the property into a dangerous flood zone?

My home sits 38 feet above sea level and I had the elevation certified. I wrote to FEMA and pleaded my case, and also wrote to U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for help, but my house is 11 inches too low, according to the new parameters.

Like Citizens Property Insurance, there was no warning, no letter to help you understand this. Just a letter from the mortgage company saying you'd better pay or lose your home to us.

Florida is circling the drain, and I'm caught up in it.

Daniel Orsello, Tampa

Shootout caps wave of assaults | Sept. 7

Tampa Bay's finest

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department for their handling of the tragic incidents north of campus on Sept. 5 and 6. True to the excellent reputation of these two law enforcement agencies, these traumatic attacks committed by an individual from another county were handled with precision and professionalism.

The Tampa Bay area is extremely fortunate to have law enforcement agencies with such a high degree of training and expertise. We are even more fortunate to have leaders such as Sheriff David Gee and Chief Jane Castor to ensure that our safety system functions to the highest standards.

The entire USF community appreciates the hard work of all the men and women of law enforcement as we seek to make our community a better and safer place in which to learn and live.

Judy Genshaft, president, University of South Florida

Public paid for squalor | Sept. 8

The real moochers

I have often heard Republicans bemoan what they call the "moocher class," the poor, homeless, unemployed and underemployed. More than 25 percent of Floridians fall in this category. They resent their tax dollars paying for government programs that help the poor. The fact is that financial assistance given to the poor is simply passed through the poor to the very people who object to their tax dollars being used to assist the poor.

The most recent example is the Hillsborough Homeless Recovery Agency program that receives taxpayer funding to provide housing for the poor. The agency paid former Republican Party official William "Hoe" Brown $600,000 to provide squalid housing to the poor. The homeless and the taxpayers got ripped off. Once again the poor served their function as a conduit for public money to the wealthy.

Lynn W. Lindeman, Hudson

'Winter's just like me' | Sept. 1

Hospital or holding tank?

The article on Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the English lad should be a wakeup call for the aquarium and Clearwater. People come to CMA not for entertainment but because they have been told through Winter and publicity that CMA is a marine hospital. They come to see the dolphins, turtles, sharks, stingrays, etc. that have been saved. They come to support that effort. They come to see if it is really possible to overcome unbelievable injuries.

What they don't come for is to see another multimillion-dollar aquarium that holds animals in captivity to make a profit.

Carol Ann Logan, Clearwater

TIA boss gets raise to $330,750 a year | Sept. 6

Misplaced priorities

Would the flying public have voted for $65,000 in raises and a $500,000 five-year bonus for Tampa airport director Joe Lopano? Based on how we are treated curbside, I think not. So why is the airport authority so enamored of this person and deep-pocketed enough to lavish so much money on him? Lopano is probably doing a great job in most respects, but I think the real question may be why the airport isn't reducing ticket surcharges or landing fees. Instead the public is footing the bill for extravagant raises when most in the private sector aren't even seeing cost-of-living increases.

Bill Place, Tampa

Cancer care raises concern | Sept. 9

Think, act before illness

Families should not postpone "the discussion" until a serious diagnosis. As a retired long-term-care chaplain, I advise everyone to think through their preferences, discuss them with other concerned individuals and put them in writing. The "Five Wishes" document is available through Aging With Dignity and provides an excellent vehicle for discussion and decisions.

Martha Lamar, St. Petersburg

Florida's voter fraud phantom Sept. 8 editorial

Show evidence first

Shouldn't policies be fact based? Should we establish a "Bigfoot eradication program" just because a few politicians believe the beast exists?

Rick Scott and the Legislature should be required to show evidence of voter fraud before implementing measures to prevent it, laws that suppress the vote more than prevent nonexistent voter fraud.

Jesse Glover, Tampa


Monday’s letters: Don’t forget pain sufferers

Fighting opioids on many fronts Nov. 22, editorialDon’t forget pain sufferersSufferers of debilitating, chronic pain seem to be largely forgotten in the public and corporate hysteria about opioid abuse. There are millions of people whose chronic pain...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Sunday’s letters: Tax bill will benefit all businesses

Nelson warns of tax bill’s effects | Nov. 21Proposal is win for all concernedHas Sen. Bill Nelson even read the new proposed tax bill?If he knew anything about it he should be embarrassed by his rhetoric as stated in the Times article. The corpor...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Saturday’s letters: Value and respect our teachers

Crowd backs raises | Nov. 15Respect and value our teachersTeachers are the "engine" that drives the "train" of our Hillsborough County school district. Teachers and support personnel affect every aspect of a child’s life. They are the students’ "...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Friday’s letters: Find private investors for a new stadium

Opening offer from Rays on stadium sounds too low | Nov. 17, editorialFind private investors for stadiumThe Rays "offered" to pay 18.75 percent of the costs? How outrageously presumptuous to say that they offered! Put another way, they demanded t...
Published: 11/21/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Thursday’s letters: Tax plan won’t help wages

Tax billThis won’t help stagnant wagesThe unfair tax proposal that cuts taxes for the rich and most powerful and cuts the ability of working people to claim any comparable deductions is no more than another greedy power grab by the rich and powerful....
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17

Wednesday’s letters: Breaking down health data

Don’t let news on blood pressure raise yours | Nov. 17, commentaryBreaking down health numbersThank you for publishing the timely commentary by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch on blood pressure. The point he makes about relative risks versus absolute risks ...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/21/17

Tuesday’s letters: Disgraceful tax proposals

Tax billDisgraceful, harmful proposalsThe very fact that the Congress of the people of the United States would propose, not to mention pass, the current tax bill is nothing short of disgraceful. What sort of representatives of the people support cutt...
Published: 11/20/17

Monday’s letters: Doctors should speak up on harassment

Sexual harassmentDoctors need to speak upThe recent widespread recognition, followed by disapproval, of sexual harassment across many workplaces signals a paradigm shift in social attitudes toward abuse of power that is long overdue.The male-dominate...
Published: 11/17/17

Saturday’s letters: Reservoir project off to a good start

Lake OkeechobeeReservoir project off to good startThis year, more than 70,000 Floridians contacted their legislators to support expediting a reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee. Another 150 business people, anglers, health care professionals a...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17

Sunday’s letters: Roundabout way to help the rich

Senate GOP’s tax plan to kill ACA mandate | Nov. 15Devious way to hurt middle classSo, let’s see if we have this straight. The proposed amendment to the Senate tax plan, to kill the individual mandate, will cause young people to not buy health in...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/17/17